We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic and committed vocational specialists to join our expanding team at Better Pathways as we prepare to mobilise a new European Social Fund employability project – a ‘disability inclusion pathway’. This is an opportunity for the right individuals to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of unemployed adults in Birmingham & Solihull. Working with partners in the Disability Resource Centre and BIS Services,

Job Description and Person Specification

Job Title: Vocational Specialist Location: Digbeth, Birmingham

Overall Purpose of Role

To support people of working age (18+) with physical disabilities and diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health conditions or learning difficulties to overcoming barriers to employment by improving key skills, digital and IT literacy and sourcing meaningful work experience through our social enterprise Better Assembly Services (BAS), voluntary placements or work trials. We will provide 1-2-1 support and group sessions; providing person-centred advice and guidance to clients, whilst building positive relationships with local employers to enable clients to move into suitable employment.

Why work for Better Pathways

Together with our delivery partners the Disability Resource Centre and BID Services we are looking to create growth and opportunity for individuals to build a better and all-inclusive working world. We work collaboratively to make a real impact in transforming someone’s life. We love what we do and feel we offer an incredibly rewarding career with an excellent training and development plan.

Key Responsibilities

1. To identify and recruit eligible, active and inactive clients within Birmingham and Solihull.
2. Meet and support clients to understand their key skills, aspirations and goals through completing a Vocational Profile and produce an Action Plan to help them obtain and sustain competitive employment. This includes support with their job search, CV production, application forms, interview techniques and career development.
3. To develop resources, delivering employability skills workshops and weekly job clubs to progress clients to obtaining work experience, voluntary placements, further education or training and opportunities for employment.
4. To assess individual support needs related to work which might typically include help with benefits including back to work calculations, travel to work, managing health at work etc. signposting for further support needs utilising local networks to help them overcome their barriers to employment.
5. To develop effective working relationships with a range of external agencies who can enhance the support available to help individuals to achieve their employment goals for example, local colleges, training providers and external employment services such as the National Careers Service and the Kickstart apprenticeship scheme.
6. Source job opportunities for clients through tailored job search and regular contact with employers, accessing the hidden labour market to unlock potential jobs that match with the client’s preferences and maintain the employer engagement database.
7. To support clients to access a range of health and wellbeing activities internally and externally, to build confidence, increase motivation and develop social and professional interpersonal communication skills.
8. To adhere to administrative and data capture protocols which record and review the progress of individuals, evaluate the short and long term impact of the service, track the clients progress post exit and to keep accurate and complete records of casework.
9. To actively market and promote the service through professional networks and official social media channels and externally through community events, networking opportunities, recruitment events and job fairs.
10. To work as part of team, supporting colleagues and clients flexibly, reliably and deliver consistently to deliver effective practice.
11. To ensure skills are current by attending CPD events, training courses, meetings seminars and conferences appropriate to the role of for development.
12. To perform any other duties that may be required in line with current duties to help to develop or expand the service.

Key Result Areas

• To reach targeted outcomes
• To actively recruit eligible participants
• Development and delivery of employability workshops and job clubs
• Timely completion of vocational profiles and action plans
• Quality standards and contract compliance in line with our stakeholders

Organisation chart

This role reports to the Project Lead
This role holder is responsible for service delivery, caseload management and supporting the team.

Person Specification

Knowledge, skill, qualification, experience

Essential :

• Previous experience working with young people/adults with mental health conditions, physical disabilities, learning disabilities or other health conditions in employment-focused programmes

• Be able to demonstrate person-centred coaching, mentoring and interpersonal skills, with sensitivity to the needs and barriers of the client, with Information Advice & Guidance L3 or above or willing to work towards

• Previous work in a similar role e.g. welfare to work/employability/publicly funded/not for profit organisation with an Employment Sector Qualification, L3 or above or willing to work towards

• Previous experience of partnership working, employer engagement/ recruitment and sourcing volunteering opportunities and work trails

• Experience of developing and delivering employability and employment-related activities with a relevant teaching/training qualification, L3 or above or willing to work towards

• Proficient in IT including Microsoft package, data management and social media.

• Willing and able to ensure that equality, inclusion and diversity is practised and embedded within the delivery of the service


• Knowledge of the benefits agency and disability/ employment-related benefits and providing back to work calculations

• Experience/knowledge of the complexities of severe and enduring mental health conditions

• A good knowledge of the local labour market with a network of employers and training providers in Birmingham & Solihull

• Able to manage own time, work on own initiative, priories tasks and proactively support team members and respond to requests and the needs of the clients

Funding: This role is funded by ESF. The ESF funding is expected to commence 1st July 2021 and end 31st December 2023

Closing date: Friday 25 June 2021

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